It would be safe to say that Mark Twain’s writings are a true American treasure.
No question Mark Twain was one of America’s great wits. Do you think he would have hosted a television show had he lived in the latter half of the 20th century? When I read a few of these quotes I can’t help but think of Groucho Marx. Twain’s advice for writers is as pointed and spot on as his observations about life. It’s interesting how his observations and witticisms never go out of style. Pocket a few of these for the water cooler. The best way to remember a great quote is to share it a few times.
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”
“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”
“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”
“A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.”
“There is nothing so annoying as having two people talking when you’re busy interrupting.”
“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
You can read all the Mark Twain quotes you want here at Goodreads. I just wanted to help get you started, in the event that it’s been a while.
Originally published at pioneerproductions.blogspot.com
Illustration at top of page by the author.